[opensuse] vote on Lenovo

Felipe Figueiredo philsf79 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 18 00:16:07 UTC 2007


On 9/16/07, Derek Broughton <news at pointerstop.ca> wrote:
> Nobody that I have seen has ever asked that hardware specs be open-sourced.
> As for drivers, it's not necessary that _they_ be open-sourced.  If the
> hardware manufacturers were to publish a full API for the hardware, OSS
> developers would deal with producing the open source drivers. I firmly
> believe that it isn't in any hardware company's interest to waste their
> resources creating closed-source drivers when they can get unpaid help.
> They don't make a profit from software.

Something that has always made me curious is this: it seems to me that
most, if not all, linux's drivers were created by reverse-engineering
hardware - at least all examples I can think of. Do you, or anyone
else for that matter, know of any example, for a change, in that a big
company released a useful API so that this all-recurring suggestion
could be finally used?


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